Scottish Government unveils £27m fund for active travel
Over 200 active travel projects across Scotland are to receive a total of £27 million of funding through a flagship programme by Transport Scotland and walking and cycling charity Sustrans Scotland.
A new walking and cycling route in the north of Glasgow, the regeneration of Ayr town centre and green infrastructure travel links in Aberdeen, are amongst a number of active travel projects revealed by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon yesterday.
The Places for Everyone programme will provide advice, support and infrastructure for walking and cycling.
Details of the programme’s major projects were announced in Perth in July.
By improving walking, cycling and wheeling links in communities across the country, and making it safer and easier for people to choose more active and sustainable ways of travelling for shorter journeys, the projects will also be supporting Government’s priorities to reduce carbon emissions from transport.
Confirming the projects, Nicola Sturgeon said: “On climate change, Scotland is leading globally - but we must support local action too. We are investing over £500 million in new bus priority infrastructure, to make journeys faster, greener and more convenient. We want people to walk and cycle more too - reducing our carbon footprint and improving our health.
“So I can announce today new investment for local projects the length and breadth of our nation. From Ayr to Aberdeen, a fund of £27 million will support more than 200 schemes to make it easier for people to cycle and to walk. That is acting locally as we lead globally in making our contribution to tackling the climate emergency.”